Turn-based tactical combat set in the award-winning world of the Iron Kingdoms. Command your custom squad of steam-powered robots and elite warriors in raging battles dominated by magic and mechanika. Battle in online multiplayer and play the epic 21-mission single player campaign!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (246 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 20, 2014

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"PC version of turn-based tabletop strategy game. Base mechanics are great but has some optimization/UI/camera issues. Check full review before buying."
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November 25

11.25.14 Hotfix is out!

We're doing a big run on stability, performance and of course, continued fixes to gameplay, so here's what went in:

  • Loading issues with characters were causing a number of weird issues - everything from base sizes to characters messing up in various ways. This is fixed.

  • Fixed save game unlocks, so all maps you've completed should show up now

  • Optimized foliage usage and rendering for better performance

  • Teleport no longer affected by rough terrain

  • Gameplay modifiers applied as a result of free strikes now expire on the correct turn

  • Acrobatics now properly allows Allison to move her full distance

  • Allison can now charge using acrobatics

  • Units killed during cinematics are now handled properly

  • Camera movement improvements (Don't forget that by holding down middle mouse button, you can angle the camera)

  • Tutorial updated with newer camera instructions

  • Pawns no longer cheering when they're knocked down

  • Optimizations to leaderboard stat display

  • Global leaderboards now up

    Thanks for hanging in there with us through a rocky release - we've got much more coming!

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November 19

FULL CAMPAIGN RELEASED (AND LESS THAN 24 HOURS REMAIN TO GET THE DELUXE EDITION!)



We are pleased to announce the latest update of WARMACHINE: Tactics now features the full single player No Man’s Land campaign. Including the tutorial level and 20 complete missions, the No Man’s Land campaign follows the story of Lieutenant Jakes’ harrowing journey and epic transformation from a journeyman to a full-fledged warcaster. The campaign missions will test you against the forces of Khador, the Protectorate, and Cryx, with no two scenarios playing the same way. You’ll travel from the Khadoran-occupied town of Fisherbrook into the dark heart of the Thornwood forest, battling in urban streets, over frozen terrain and fetid swamps, and within ancient and evil ruins. Never before have you been able to experience the Iron Kingdoms like this! Get ready to log in tonight and download the campaign; Lt. Jakes and the good citizens of Cygnar are counting on you!



And with the full release imminent, sale of the Deluxe Edition Beta of WARMACHINE: Tactics on Steam will end at 10:00 am PST on Thursday, November 19th. Players owning the Deluxe Edition will receive 20 bonus units as they become available through downloadable content in the upcoming months. The Deluxe Edition presents a significant value and will receive enough units to play a Mercenary-only squad as well as a selection of Premium units for the four core factions.
The Deluxe Edition also contains all features and content from the Standard Edition, including four playable factions (Cygnar, Protectorate of Menoth, Khador, and Cryx) for multiplayer and AI skirmish mode, and will be updated with all future standard features that will be added to the game.
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Reviews

“Overall, Warmachine: Tactics early access is a blast to play for new initiates or grizzled adepts alike. For those already introduced to the tabletop game, they will find an excellent translation of the miniature combat, but now with living, breathing characters destroying each other as opposed to being put back in their foam. Those that have not yet joined into the geekcraft of wargaming will find an enjoyable, challenging player-on-player experience that is pleasing to the ear and the eye alike.”
4/5 – Nerd Reactor

“Gameplay, overall, in Warmachine Tactics is a blast. It’s not without its minor flaws, but getting to get into the nitty gritty of each unit and doing cool things like combined attacks, casting spells with your warcaster, or slamming your opponent to the ground with a warjack are sheer joy.”
The Dread Gazebo

“"I feel like someone opened the Ark and I wasn't closing my eyes..."”
4.5/5 – Hot Pepper Gaming

About This Game

In WARMACHINE, the very earth shakes during fierce confrontations where six-ton constructs of iron and steel slam into each other with the devastating force of a locomotive, where lead-spewing cannons chew through armor plating as easily as flesh, and where bold heroes set the battlefield ablaze with a tempest of arcane magic as they forge the fates of their unyielding nations in the fires of destruction.

Take control of an elite battle mage known as a warcaster and his army of unstoppable warjacks and deadly soldiers in this intense and aggressive turn-based tactical combat game set in the award-winning, steam-powered world of the Iron Kingdoms.

WARMACHINE: Tactics is a next-generation turn-based tactical game developed with the Unreal 4 engine. Cutting-edge visuals, an immersive world setting, and squad customization features offer a rich multiplayer experience along with an extensive single-player campaign that will appeal to fans of revered tactical games like X-Com: Enemy Unknown and The Valkyria Chronicles.

Learn more about the WARMACHINE: Tactics and the Iron Kingdoms at: http://warmachinetactics.com

Features:
ONLINE MULTIPLAYER

• Four armies representing the four core factions of the Iron Kingdoms. Each army contains three warcasters, multiple warjacks, and multiple warrior units
• A point-based squad customization system that allows you to decide exactly what units and strategies you take into battle.
• Three multiplayer maps: Forest Ruins, Trenches At the Border, and Snowy Valley. New Multiplayer maps will release regularly, always for free!
• An epic single-player campaign featuring 21 missions and an engaging storyline that will immerse you in the world of the Iron Kingdoms.
• AI Skirmish Mode

Join the fight, now!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista 32/64 bit
    • Processor: 2 Ghz Quadcore or Better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD4000
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Soundblaster Compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 (SP1)/8 64bit
    • Processor: 2 Ghz Quadcore or Better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GTX 670/AMD Radeon or HD 7870 w/2GB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.9.2
    • Processor: 2 Ghz Quadcore or Better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 5000
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Internal solution
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.9.2
    • Processor: 2 Ghz Quadcore or Better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce GTX 780M/AMD FirePro D300 w/2GB VRAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
As a keen Wargamer and player of the original table top version, i was excited to see Warmachine brought to Steam. Gameplay is very close the the miniature game, and I find myself using familiar tactics and combos to complete the single player missions. There are some things that still need improvement, particularly the constantly changing camera angles. Otherwise an enjoyable turn based strategy game.

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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Makes me wish I could get a refund, the automatic camera angles make you watch battles from behind walls. I once got stuck looking at the world from below the ground. The mechanics are weird and clumsy and the graphics so so, not nearly worth $30-40 bucks, wait for it to hit $5-$10 in two weeks to a month
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
I was fine with this game being unfinished, then they took it out of early access. The user interface is terable and the game is loaded with gliches, it may be improved with time but dont hink you getting a finished game
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152 of 185 people (82%) found this review helpful
36.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Early Access Review
I originally backed this on kickstarter because Privateer Press said they were going to bring the tabletop wargame experience to the video game world. As a long time fan, and former press ganger, nothing has stirred my imagination more than wanting to see these characters, machines, and beasts animated and actually interacting with each. It does deliver that, to some degree... when it works.

I wanted to enjoy it, I tried to enjoy it. In some respects, I NEEDED to enjoy this, but I can't. It is continually bogged down by constant fatal errors, a conflicting design philosophy, an underutilized graphic engine, and; probably the most heartbreaking downside, a complete lack of soul.

Those of us that saw these problems and were deeply concerned tried to communicate these issues to the devs on the forums were shouted down. Our questions and concerns ignored until we just... gave up. They just don't want to hear it.

This game is not an accurate representation of what many fans would call a Warmachine experience.

It is a somber memorial to what could have been, and I am ashamed that I backed it.
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81 of 99 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
I'm a HUGE fan of the tabletop game and you'll see most of that in this digital version. That's a good thing.

The problems I have with the game are the horrible UI and the inescapable sense of being on rails. I think that in multi-player that sense of rails might go away, but I was expecting and hoping for more from the single-player campaign. It's just not that good.

The UI gets in the way all the time. It's cumbersome and about as much fun as filling out your taxes.
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56 of 73 people (77%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Early Access Review
The good things of the current game are the overall visuals (both characters and environments look great), true to the existing miniatures and the sound does the job. Textures are very pixelated in close-ups (no texture filtering at all).

The gameplay itself could be good if interface, camera and performance issues wouldn't ruin the experience.

Every mission starts with the camera in a stupid position and you need to adjust it, fighting with unacceptable camera controls: the camera turns around its own pivot instead of turning around the scene. It also can be zoomed in beyond the ground! It feels like a free floating debug camera. Also, the camera jumps back and forth in order to focus on every performed action, which turns out being very annoying. There are so many strategy games to look at for inspiration; I don't get how it can be like that.

The clumsy GUI requires some effort to get it (not the most intuitive one) and some of its elements are way too big, e.g. log and dialog texts (huge and blurry). I play PC games in front of my screen, no need to make texts readable to my neighbors ( ;

Last but not least, the interactions with the units and buttons are sometimes screwed up, so you need to deselect-reselect your unit.

So overall, the game shows some promise, but it feels like there's still a lot to polish. Some elements, such as the voice and dialogs, need even more than polishing: that should be shredded and redone.
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38 of 44 people (86%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
I concur with others that this game is not yet ready for general release. I say shame on whoever decided to declare this release ready.
Yes the campaign is done and combat works, but there are too many pain points to make this game fun yet. I know it is common if not the norm these days to release a game and then spend the next 6 months fixing it, but I don't feel that is right to your customers. I was a kickstarter backer so I understand there will be rough edges during the process, but setting the game for release in this state makes me fear the game will never receive the attention it deserves.
-Camera controls are unintuitive and require constant adjustment.
-Mouse input is erratic.
-Game engine completely stops switching between units. screen freezes breifly and FPS counter will go to zero each time enemy AI units make a move.
-controlling units require too much busy work like changing facing before being allowed to attack a unit instead of just allowing the unit to select between all units in range and just change the facing as appropriate. Doing unit facing changes at the end of each units turn is cumbersome and unnecessary.
The UI currently bogs down the game. Turns feel like they take twice as long as they should because of constant camera angle changes and other control issues. Even something simple like selecting a unit is often unresponsive requiring multiple clicks and hunt for the hotspot.
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38 of 51 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Early Access Review
Game lacks the flow and elegance of the tabletop game it is based on.

The real problem is the technica side, though. The program runs poorly, even on good systems, and the patching is insanely bad and inefficient. I've currenty got over 30GB in the patch folder for this game and it is still downloading. The game itself is smaller than that. I've had to uninstall several other items to make room for the pre-patch download. This will likely be completely untenable if the same problem exists next patch.
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22 of 31 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Game feels very clunky, not a nice experience, too much hassle trying to get your units to cooperate, play XCom instead.

Too bad, the tabletop game is fantastic, but this game tries too hard to replicate that instead of using the computer medium.
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28 of 42 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Early Access Review
Can't recommend at this point which is very disappointing. The game needs some serious optimization as right now the performance is terrible, and my PC runs many other more intense games just fine. Voice acting and lines are not very inspiring, I really wanted to like this game but it needs way more work.
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26 of 39 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
The game is simply not finished, however some "genius" decided to release it anyway... It's glitchy, unpolished and unoptimized. The campaign is a farse, with the poorly rendered cutscenes sometimes showing Minecraft-style pixels on armors, terrible voice acting and absurd, cliche plot.

Maybe, MAYBE they'll fix it at one point. For now, avoid at all costs. Also, I regret kickstarting it for $20.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Disclaimer: I have not played the multiplayer yet. This review is based on a single player experience.

This game is like a daily crossword puzzle.. There is a slight challenge and an even slighter sense of accomplishment when you complete it ultimately though no one goes online and reviews a crossword puzzle cause well it's a crossword puzzle.. This game doesn't allow you to do anything other than play their missions who show up one after another after another without a pause in between to save the game and go eat (or something crazy like that). One unit "levels up" after each mission and I use the word level up loosely cause all that happens is one of those units gets a stat increase that is not in your control, it just happens. You have no say over any part of the missions, the game gives you a goal and tells you what to do..

This game is boring enough without adding more to this review but unfortunately there is a MAJOR flaw to the game which is the camera.. Please watch gameplay reviews before buying this game cause the camera angles (which constantly change every time an action is taken) are horrific, more often then not the "action" camera will zoom into the wrong area thus not letting you see what the opponent actually did! The only way to play this game is to continuously adjust the camera to an overhead angle and zoom it all the way out or else you have no idea where everyone is. So graphics mean nothing (not that this game boasts good graphics) in this game when you are playing a far overhead game..

Anyways, my two cents
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
IT NEEDED a few môre fixes.

can we put this back into beta? .

just till the end of december.....really.

ps: i feel bad for color blind people at those bright winter map....Good luck finding your friggen cursor in there.

OVERALL not a bad game thou....JUST needs a patch...or 2.

my advice: wait for visual patches that make the ui more readable in said bright maps or a sale...W/E comes first.

Very fun if you like strategy games thou
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23 of 36 people (64%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
The interface is simply awful. The ability to move/control the camera has issues and the menu/reading for abilities lacks depth and polish. I have great video processing and it still feels clunky.
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
342.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
The multi-player game certainly captures the spirit of the Tabletop Warmachine game. You select a leader for your army, and then build an army based around the strengths and weaknesses of that leader. Sometimes you will choose a ranged attack army that that will do poorly in melee, so you have to keep far away from your enemy, and sometimes you will have only melee units and have to run directly at your opponent to engage them in melee as soon as possible.
Thusly, it is a battle of wits, where carefully laid plans can lead to combinations that will devastate your enemy. There is also an element of luck, however, in that no matter how carefully you plan, a series of misses on your part, and critical hits on your opponent’s part can turn the game around entirely.
This game can be a lot of fun.
Now, on to the bad stuff. Sadly, there was too much work put into the graphics and animations, and not enough work was put into developing the gameplay mechanics. The game is not smooth to play, the camera controls are atrocious, and the user interface is frustrating, to say the least.
There are three fundamental things wrong with the game, and they will never be fixed.
1. Tactics is based on a grid system, this makes it clunky and crappy. This may seem normal if you have never played the tabletop, but the constraints on facing, and unit placement are huge. (I wish they had used free movement, imitating such as X-com, or Valkyria Chronicles).
2. They got rid of units, and everything is now a solo, but with hit points. (They ♥♥♥♥ed up, and they ♥♥♥♥ed up badly. There are many reasons they did this, and they are good reasons, but still, they ♥♥♥♥ed up. Getting rid of units, this, they should not have done.)
3. Tactics now uses three dice for hit and damage rolls. Boosting adds a +3 bonus, not an additional dice. There are now three tiers of damage, normal, boosted, and critical. (They will probably reduce the amount of criticals. It’s obscene and frustrating.) But their translation of the tabletop system seems ridiculous, and makes my brain hurt.
There are multiple little gripes, but given time, these can be fixed.
Ignoring the single player campaign. The people that made it certainly did their best, but, well, ♥♥♥♥. As far as I’m concerned, it was stupid, and uncalled for. Those resources would have been better spent developing the multi-player game, rather than on half-♥♥♥♥♥ voice actors and crappy cut scenes. They had the time to do what, 20 levels, but there are only three multi-player maps on game release? Foolishness. Epic foolishness.
All in all, I recommend buying the game, despite its major flaws, if only because I doubt there will ever be another Warmachine computer game (ignoring vassal). Multi player can be a lot of fun, it's magical gambling chess, with steam machines and magic, and this world flavor is awesome. I certainly hope that Whitemoon can stay in business long enough to get more units developed for release.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
I was a backer of the original kickstarter campaign, so I had the key from mid-August. Didn't bother with the early access though, as I've learned it could spoil the fun of finding your way through the game once it's released, so I waited till official release became available.

To my dissapointment, at the time of writing despite being released the game is far from actually feeling like a polished product ready for shipping. At best it's a public beta. Counter-intuitive in-game controls, camera which is tending to look everywhere other than where you need it, blurry and very slow graphic (12 FPS on GTX 650 1920x1020, seriously?). Obviously it hasn't been playtested properly yet, so a patch or two might get it all fixed.

Unfortunately, lack of optimisation it's not the only problem. I didn't play the original tabletop game, but I do enjoy turn-based tactic strategies such as XCOM, and, I am sorry to say that, this game falls short of the modern standard for the genre. The introductory narrative in the beginning of the single player campaign fails to communicate even who I am, who the war is with, and for what cause, main characters say pretentious fluff and refer to georgraphic locations I've never heard of, voice acting is dreadful and amateurish. As a result I lost interest after 30 minutes of playing, and will uninstall the whole thing. Perhaps if you are a hardcore fan of the original tabletop you would see through all the sloppiness, but I'd rather play something else.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
I will start off by saying I never played Warmachine the tabletop game.

I am a huge fan of turn based strategy games such as XCOM, Civ, and Fire Emblem. I love me some board-games too, most recently I've been hooked on X-Wing miniatures.

This game scratches all of those itches. You have a very wide selection of units to choose from, and four factions at present that all feel very distinguished from each other. The depth of strategy in building a squad alone is immense, and it only gets more tactical when you actually have to deploy your units and do battle.

PROS:
*Proven gameplay taken from award winning tabletop game that's been around for a while
*Massive depth available for building and tailoring your army
*UI that is very helpful for n00bs (mouse over things to get them explained!)
*Animated "models" breathe life into a miniatures game
*Awesome rag-doll for corpses. Having a warjack hammer someone and watching a crumpled corpse get propelled backwards is always satisfying.
*Multiplayer Options (local, async online, etc)
*Well done single player campaign helps you learn units and gameplay rules
*True hit percentages.... you can have only a 20% chance to hit with a 5% chance to crit and successfully crit your target!


CONS:
*True hit percentages.... you can have a 95% chance to hit with a 50% chance to crit and miss your target...
*Single player is only Cygnar Faction. More please!
*Still being worked on. (not really a con, but some UI elements are a little rough still and things like the Army Painter are coming)
*No way to save skirmish games midgame. They do move pretty fast but if you need to do something else and you've got 2-3 rounds left it's going to be an issue.
*Camera can take a little getting used to




This game is a lot of fun. If you enjoy turn based strategy games, chances are this game will rock your world. It's not too hard to get into, but it'll take a few games to know what you're doiing enough to venture into the army creator.

As is 8/10
With currently announced planned additional features: 9/10

Highly reccomended
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15 of 27 people (56%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Early Access Review
Fun, clunky, un-nuanced, basic. Its Ok, not great. I play the tabletop like many here. lacks its complexity and 'fun' factor. Very simple approach to it. The graphics engine is ho-hum. I have a high end machine and I see what people mean about the gameplay being poor visually. Very stocata. Still, campaign is entertaining. Skirmishes are too simple. Warcasters (or the AI) tend to lead with their chin, and dont utilise focus well.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
New to warmachine and new to tactics.
Loving the game and its very satisfying to play a round each evening.
Looking forward to new units being added in the futute.

Its not perfect, but each patch has done wonders for the game and if it keeps up it will be one of the best turnbased wargames around.
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18 of 35 people (51%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Played for five minutes, got two crashes and eventually managed to get it running (on the lowest graphics) at an astonishing 2FPS. That's right folks, two whole frames per second. It looks like it could be a cool game (love the tabletop) but it is absolutely awfully optimised. It's small-scale and turn-based but holy hell it runs jaggier than a lot of modern First-Person Shooters.

If this gets patched out, I'll try to get a proper review up. Until then, it's totally unplayable.
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